1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Have you ever looked at your life and found yourself in the same place year after year? You realize that you’ve been going in circles time and time again. At this point of realization you have three choices: Keep going in circles, turn around and go back to where you came from and forget all the progress that you’ve made up to this point, or stop for direction. Too often it’s so hard for us to admit that we just need help. It is our nature to want to be in control and we try to convince ourselves that if we just keep trying that we’ll eventually find our way. The Bible teaches us that pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Sometimes we are prideful without even realizing it. It isn’t a shame to be dependent on someone. Especially when it’s Jesus Christ.
There comes a time in all of our lives when we keep going around and around and quit progressing. We start out well and then realize we are back at square one. We hold onto the same feelings, the same pain or keep making the same mistakes. But if we’re ever going to progress any further on this journey we are going to have to stop everything, relinquish our control and consult the only One who truly knows the way.
Are you holding on to a painful past? Do you wonder why your past keeps resurfacing when you believe with all of your heart, you surrendered it to God? The answer is, You are trying to understand. The bible says in Proverbs 3:5; Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. See, we want to know who, what, when, where, why, how? This is not trusting God!
Now is the time to release all control of your destination over to Jesus – whether you understand or not. As long as you try making sense of everything and of where He is leading you, His Will can’t prevail.
When you finally put your complete trust in Him -blinded by faith- Jesus will bring you beyond the troublesome and cumbersome same old same old and thrust you into a bright new place.
Circumstances take all of us by surprise. Life deals us all a bad hand from time to time which we may or may not deserve. Sometimes pain and suffering are brought on by our own making. Sometimes it’s dealt unfairly. The common ground is that it all hurts and we have to get beyond the pain if we are going to progress any further. So close your eyes and release it all into the hands of God. Get out of the driver’s seat and stop trying to find your own way. Stop trying to understand the path that He’s taking you. He will restore what has been lost. He will resurrect what has died. He will give beauty for ashes. Just give up and let Him take over.
Scripture of the day: in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:6 NIV
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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